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WandaVision is certainly a unique show and there really isn’t much else quite like it. Despite that though, we’ve done our best to search out similar shows based on tone, pace and content. As a short disclaimer, we’ve intentionally only included one sitcom on this list too!
So if you’ve finished watching WandaVision and are looking for more of the same – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming WandaVision!
Similarities – Visuals & Cerebrally Charged Story
Legion is a challenging sci-fi series that exists somewhere within the weird space of the X-Men universe. It’s also one of the more unusual and visually stunning shows you’re likely to see in quite some time. When you’ve watched Legion, you’ll know why this is on the list, especially given some of the twists during the latter periods of the show.
The story here revolves around a super mutant named David Haller. This troubled young man spends his time institutionalized after being diagnosed as schizophrenic.
What follows is an unforgettable journey as David tries to make sense of what’s happening and why he’s there. The show has three seasons and ends conclusively too, making for a solid watch that’s very much recommended.
Similarities – Sci-Fi & Moody Atmosphere
Black Mirror is still the go-to for most people looking for a dark slice of sci-fi. While the later episodes do wane in quality, there’s no denying that some of the early episodes are absolutely fantastic. In its simplest form, this dark cautionary tale about technology comes straight from the mind of Charlie Brooker.
From VR games gone wrong to the bizarre satirical world of political personalities, Black Mirror remains one of the best modern-day Twilight Zone replacements.
With an uneasy dread clinging to a lot of the episodes and plenty of social commentary to boot, this one’s a solid choice and one you should absolutely check out if you haven’t already.
Similarities – Quirky Characters
Doom Patrol is one of the quirkier superhero shows out there and much like WandaVision, thrives on its character-driven set-up.
The story here revolves around a misfit group of superheroes, led by an idealistic mad scientist called the Chief. With each character carrying a wealth of baggage and an interesting character-driven set-up, Doom Patrol is one of the smarter shows in this genre.
The second season does end on a pretty abrupt cliffhanger but despite that, there’s some excellent material here that’s well worth checking out.
Similarities – Strong Female Characters, Marvel
Set just after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Agent Carter is one of the better live-action Marvel forays. The story here sees the war at an end and everyone reeling over their losses. At the center of this is Agent Penny Carter who’s still reeling after losing Steve Rodgers.
Consumed by her own emotion, Penny’s problems are compounded when billionaire Howard Stark is accused of Treason, leading him to secretly employ Carter in order to clear his name.
With the help of Stark’s butler, Carter sets off on a dangerous journey full of controversy, danger and high octane thrills.
Despite only running for two seasons, Agent Carter is a really well polished production and certainly worth checking out if you’re a fan of WandaVision.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Similarities – Magic & Comedy
It would be very easy to write out this list and just grab a load of sitcoms that featured in WandaVision, but to be honest the only one that feels similar in tone is Sabrina. Much like Wanda, Sabrina combines family relations with a healthy dose of magic.
Cleverly written and packed full of memorable moments, this sitcom from the 90’s features 16 year old Sabrina Spellman, who lives with her two aunts. While they offer guidance on how to control her newly-discovered magical powers, Sabrina is forced into trying to navigate the minefield of high school.
With some good life lessons and strong character work, Sabrina the Teenage Witch is a magical sitcom that also features one of the best talking cat characters of all time in Salem!
Superman and Lois
Similarities – Superheroes & Magic
Although it may be a little premature to compare WandaVision to Superman and Lois (especially given less a handful of episodes have released at the time of writing) but the two shows undoubtedly bear some similarities.
Much like WandaVision, Superman and Lois deals with the emotional weight of being a hero and this places their strained romance center stage.
This 16 episode series follows the world’s most famous superhero and comic books’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Part family drama/part superhero action, Superman and Lois is a surprisingly good series and definitely worth watching.
Similarities – Superheroes & Dark Drama
Helstrom is a well written, interesting series that, at the time of writing anyway, has no involvement with the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, it is an enthralling watch nonetheless and definitely full of some dark and tense segments.
This 10 episode series revolves around two siblings, Daimon and Ana Helstrom, who happen to be the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. Together, they’re tasked with tracking down the worst of humanity – each with their attitude and skills.
While it is perhaps a little bloated at times, and could have been condensed down to 6 or 8 episodes, this one remains an enjoyable watch nonetheless.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Similarities – MCU & Thriller Elements
Before we were graced with the antics of S.W.O.R.D., Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. dropped on our screens just after the events of The Avengers. Following the battle for New York, a changed world now knows that aliens exist – and a whole army of superheroes live among us.
In response to this, Phil Coulson assembles an elite covert team to find and deal with any and all threats whenever they’re found.
With a world rapidly becoming more ruthless than ever before, these Agents of SH.I.E.L.D. embark on a series of exciting and dangerous missions.
Tying in nicely to the events within the MCU, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is arguably the closest you’ll come to finding a similar show to WandaVision, at least when it comes to the moments outside the anomaly anyway.
Similarities – Characters & Visuals
Undone is a profoundly clever animated series. There’s some big ideas and themes discussed, wrapped up with solid characterization and a consistently progressive plot that builds up through the episodes to the finale where the truth is revealed.
The story revolves around Alma. Through her narration we learn about her average life and her average family, all living in an average neighbourhood. After being involved in a car accident and awakening in hospital following a coma, Alma learns she has new powers that allow her to manipulate time.
While it’s the mystery that keeps things moving at a steady pace, beyond that the series works much better when you view it as Alma trying to find purpose in life. Undone places a pretty big weight on the main character’s shoulders and this translates into some wonderful characterization and intriguing relationships that develop over time.
It may be one of the more unique choices on the list, but it’s certainly an animation worth checking out nonetheless.
Similarities – Mystery Box Elements
The Prisoner is the quintessential mystery box show. Don’t let the 1960’s production put you off – this story is gripping from start to finish and well worth your time.
The story revolves around a retired secret agent who’s abducted and taken to what appears to be an idyllic village. Unfortunately it’s anything but.
Serving partly as a prison break thriller from this nightmarish world, The Prisoner is a show that will either completely confuse or completely engross you. Ideally, it’ll do both!
This is undoubtedly one of the long-forgotten gems out there and if you’re after an offbeat mystery akin to some of the middle chapters of WandaVision, this one should whet the appetite.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show picks to check out when you’re finished with WandaVision.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!